Matt O Connor

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John Cooney at an Ireland training session at Carton House. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

A book on John Charles McQuaid is where this John Cooney interview begins. Published in 1999, the Ruler of Catholic Ireland written by the Ulster scru(...)

Joe Schmidt: Everyone you talk to about him calls him variations on the same thing – a rugby nerd, an obsessive, someone who lives the game to an extreme degree. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

At an event ahead of the France game, Brian O’Driscoll settled in for a story. A question had been lobbed up from the crowd mostly in mischief, askin(...)

James Ryan, Quinn Roux, Jack McGrath, Cian Healy, Jack Conan and Jordi Murphy at Ireland squad training at Carton House. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

More than ever, Quinn Roux feels like he is truly a part of the Irish squad these days. He made his full Six Nations debut in the win over Scotland (...)

By Leicester appointing Murphy, who has been at Welford Road for 21 years as player and coach, they have gone back to the future and are seeking redemption in core values.

Leicester announced Geordan Murphy had been promoted from interim to permanent coach hours just after Manchester United had sacked José Mourinho. The (...)

Geordan Murphy has been appointed as permanent head coach at Leicester. photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Geordan Murphy has been appointed as Leicester’s permanent head coach despite a run of eight straight defeats which has left the Tigers at “their lowe(...)

 Geordan Murphy: “There’s always pressure. My good buddy James Ferris always told me, ‘Pressure is for tyres’. Photograph: David Rogers/Getty Images

In early September Geordan and Anneka were christening Rex’s little brother Oscar when the Leicester board came calling. Matt O’Connor had been sacke(...)

Jacob Stockdale in action during Ulster’s captain’s run at   Kingspan Stadium, Belfast, ahead of their Champions Cup opener with Leicester Tigers. Photograph: Matt Mackey/Inpho

Ulster v Leicester, Kingspan Stadium, Saturday, 5.30pm (Live on BT Sport 2) Akin to Rassie Erasmus in his first season with Munster, when Dan McFarla(...)

At the Heineken Champions Cup launch in Dublin;  Jarrad Butler (Connacht), Jordi Murphy (Ulster), Callum Gibbins (Glasgow Warriors), Ken Owens (Scarlets), Luke Hamilton (Edinburgh), Peter O’Mahony (Munster), Jonathan Sexton (Leinster) and Ellis Jenkins (Cardiff Blues). Photograph: Inpho/Billy Stickland

Pool One      Leinster Coach: Leo Cullen. Last season: Champions. How they qualified: EC champions and Pro14 champion(...)

Tadhg Beirne: his  incredible engine gets him into situations where an extra set of hands become a vital link. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

Paddy Johns has no knee cartilage but the 50-year-old remains an iron man. Literally. The former Ireland captain does triathlons in his spare time awa(...)

 Dominic Ryan: his story  underlines that doctors and match officials are right to err on the side of caution in demanding players undergo  HIAs. Photograph: Bryan Keane/Inpho

Dominic Ryan’s interview with John O’Sullivan in last Saturday’s edition of this paper was a powerful read, and in the way it was constructed, written(...)

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